Strength of schedule is calculated from the opponents projected fantasy points allowed for the RB position. The best rating is +16 which gives the player the advantage against the defense and indicates an easy opponent, the worst rating is -16 which gives the defense the advantage and indicates a tough opponent.
Heading into Week 3, Foster ranks second in the NFL in rushing yards (241) and leads the league in carries (55). He is a strong play as a fantasy RB1 versus a New York Giants defense that has surrendered an average of 100 rushing yards per game along with three rushing scores. Since Foster is on pace for more than 400 carries, the Texans say they want to lighten his workload a little bit. Don't worry - even with a slightly smaller number of touches, Foster still rates as a strong RB1.
Foster saw his 2013 season come to an end after only eight games due to a back injury that required surgery last November. That's the bad news. The good news is that Foster has been medically cleared and will be ready for training camp. More good news is that Foster actually looked sharp and fresh last season. The shaky quarterback situation in Houston could allow defenses to stack the box in an effort to contain Foster and force the team to throw. After incurring a massive workload from 2010-2012, there is some concern that Foster could be wearing down as he's struggled with hamstring issues. The extended break and recovery time from back surgery should see him enter the 2014 season as healthy as he's been in recent years. The addition of former Giants running back Andre Brown is no threat to Foster's workload and he'll continue to be a three-down player. Look for a bounce-back season for the soon to be 28-year-old, but the days of Foster posting top-5 fantasy totals are over.
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